Honourable mentions: El Clasico’s in a League of Their Own!

These two albums surpassed my expectations and I was blindsided by the blockbuster feel of Fekky's 'El Clasico' and the soul baring sensitivity of Chips' 'League of my own II'...


These Boots are made for running: NoLay ‘Run up’ *NEW* Video

The unorthodox daughter of Grime and boss bish in general NoLay drops her third video from her phenomenal debut album ‘This Woman (Live)’ which is packed full of bad gyal riddims and honest antidotes, detailing thirsty men and the expectations sometimes thrust upon women, her rightful place at the top of Grime’s throne alongside the mandem and...

Eternal Sunshine of a (Semi) Spotless Mind: Tyler the Creator, ‘Scum F*ck /Flower Boy’ Album review

The above is how Tyler the creator’s abstract fifth album ‘Scum f*ck / flower boy’ plays out. Tyler has created a beautiful body of work full of lazy summer days spent barefoot meandering aimlessly through lush filled sprawling fields that are post card pretty in a place where time stands still...

Who runs the North? GIRLS!

But what’s going on outside of London? Does Grime exist up North? Is there a UK rap and R&B scene beyond Birmingham’s bull ring? Errrmmmmmm does Marcel mention blazing squad all the time? Duh!! Of COURSE there is! Last year I brought you various interviews, articles and gig reviews from the Manny mandem, but it’s long overdue for the Miss Manny’s to get their time to shine. Step forward ‘angels (and devils) of the North’ …

New Single – ‘Aint Gonna say no more’ Put some Respeck on their names: S.I.P feat MC Bushkin

‘Aint gonna say no more, Respeck’ opens with a rousing gospel chorus sampled from the Hamiltones introspective take on THAT bonkers birdman moment. The hook evokes memories of the evangelical choir singers some of us as kids became accustomed to at church on Sunday’s sat next to granny. S.I.P then slides into the sparse instrumental of drums, bass and organ to comfortably rap in a chilled out style as though the sounds of the gospel strains from the Hamilton sample have soothed his soul to allow him to state his strong points..

Expand your Vision with BLAYnoculars: The Vision Album Review

With 3 Mixtapes in his back catalogue Blay ‘Broke the ice’ with his first Mixtape in 2008, he seemed to go ‘Blind’ in 2010 and thankfully regained his sight to give us 2013’s epic mixtape ‘Welcome to vision gang’ in which he spits the standout lyrics “I can’t live like a drone in the system, invisible chains tryna latch to my wisdom” on the autobiographical ‘I must’ he experiments spitting over guitar riffs (‘Grind’), he sings (‘Steal the show’) and produces the forlorn instrumental of ‘Forest’ and the hype instrumental of ‘Zan’ giving a clear indication of the landscapes Blay’s skills are able to span.

Next hype is Frontman Vipzz – ‘Paradigm’ EP Review

Vipzz opens ‘Paradigm’ with a bemused cry of “Oh my god” which reminded me of D Double E’s signature soundbite featured on many of his tracks. Vipzz shouts out the mans who have left the endz or passed away and vows to carry on in their honour. On the opening track ‘Trap Grime Freestyle (T.G.F) Part 1’. He wittily drops the double entendre

A case of the EX-tremely sultry Mya

For all you old skool R&B lovers out there who crave simplistic harmonies and smoove grooves I’m pleased to announce that we do not have a case of the ex-artist here and Mya is back in all her magnificent glory with her eighth independent release “Smoove Jones” Gone is the “Ghetto superstar” girl and in her place is a confident and sexy woman